Italian Staff

Janet – Italian

Italian is only one of the many languages in which Janet is fluent – she also speaks Arabic, French, and Spanish.  Janet has been a resident of Cheshire for 30 years, and her three children all passed through the Cheshire school system. An active community member, she has spent numerous years in the teaching field. She currently is a faculty member at both Quinnipiac University and Naugatuck Valley Community College.  She has taught languages on four continents,  and continues to accompany groups abroad.  Janet was instrumental as a teacher in the town-wide Pupil Enrichment Language Program over the years. She is happy to support early childhood language-learning!

Sarah – Italian (& Spanish)

Hola! Ciao!  My name is Sarah.  I am a senior at Central Connecticut State University studying secondary education with a focus in Spanish and Italian.  I hope to be a high school Spanish and Italian teacher when I graduate!  I have studied Spanish for 10 years and Italian for 4 years.  Throughout my undergrad, I have studied abroad 3 times.  The first time was in Barcelona & Valencia (Spain).  The second time was in Lima & Cusco (Peru).  I just returned from my most recent trip to Salamanca (Spain) where I studied at the University of Salamanca and lived with a host family for two weeks!  These have all been great experiences for me to be engulfed in the Spanish language and culture.  Finally, next summer I will be traveling to northern Italy for two weeks with another intriguing program offered by CCSU!

By being a teacher, I can share my passion for foreign languages and provide others with the treasure of learning another language. 

Carmen – Italian

Ciao a tutti! Mi chiamo Carmen!!!

My name is Carmen. I was born and raised in Naples, Italy. I got my undergraduate degree in ‘Linguistics’ (Russian, Italian and English) at Orientale University of Naples” and my MA in ‘Italian Studies’ at Central Connecticut State University. I currently work as an Italian teacher in a public high school.  I have taught English in a middle school in Italy and tutored college students at CCSU.

As an Italian teacher, I believe in bringing the content to life, making lessons enjoyable, purposeful, practical and most importantly, making lessons memorable. As an educator, I believe in making an impact, molding minds, establish good habits, and creating a learning environment, in which students feel valued, supported and respected. I believe in teaching them the value of communication, in Italian and English. I want to empower students by giving them access to another culture and inspiring them to want to learn more.